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  • IRS and state/federal regulatory audits aren't the only background checks about which enterprises need to worry. Increasingly, auditors are dropping by for a friendly chat and using familiar calling cards from companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, Oracle and SAP, to name a few. According to a recent IDC industry report, 63 percent of enterprises were audited by their software vendors in the last 18 to 24 months to determine whether they were out of compliance with their software contracts. The penalties—and these are usually unbudgeted—extracted from companies as a result of a contract issue can be costly as well as problematic. According to that report, 56 percent of organizations end up writing checks to send the auditor on his way—and 21 percent of the time those payments are $1 million or more. How can this be possible, and what can CIOs do to take the sting out of the auditor's tail? In this slide show, using eWEEK archives, the IDC report and industry advice from Flexera Software, we offer a list of to-do's to solve this problem.

  • Polyvore is a popular shopping site in which users give and receive ideas and buy items from a thriving online style community of vendors and users.

  • Over the past decade, the role of the system administrator (sysadmin) has evolved dramatically. In fact, it has expanded to such a degree that today's sysadmins not only ensure servers are running smoothly, keep virtual machine (VM) sprawl in check and get peak performance out of applications (plus, of course, a whole lot more), but they also significantly impact the way organizations run their businesses. All too often, however, these data center jack-of-all-trades get overlooked. So, to honor sysadmins everywhere, each year System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated on the last Friday of July. It's a time to give credit where credit is due: to all the hard-working sysadmins of the world. One such way to honor sysadmins is through an e-card, such as the ones SolarWinds has created that eWEEK has highlighted in this slide show. If you're a sysadmin, hopefully these slides will be good for a laugh, and if you're not a sysadmin, consider sharing them with the sysadmins in your life as a way to say thanks for all they do.

  • Ask line-of-business decision-makers if a comprehensive set of rules that limit the risks associated with data loss and regulatory fines is a good idea, and you'd be hard pressed to find any dissenters. However, in today's business environment, many companies haven't yet implemented effective information governance. The reason is that business growth, balance sheets and financial statements take precedence over everything else, and IG often falls into the "we'll get to that later" category. Soon, however, IG will play a critical role in the future growth of all successful organizations. The rapid expansion of business files and data from the Internet of things (IoT), combined with new and amended data privacy and compliance regulations, makes IG non-negotiable in any organization's business strategy. Based on the expectation that information governance will become a part of any successful business' DNA, it is important to consider how IG will evolve. This slide show, developed using eWEEK reporting and insight from Ron McMurtrie, senior vice president of information management service provider Recall, explores what we can expect to see in the coming decade.

  • Enterprises are making security improvements, but without integrated threat defenses, the hackers are still two jumps ahead.

  • The company joins Apple, Google and 10 other large U.S. companies in a White House initiative to cut carbon emissions.

  • IBM is increasing its focus on Africa, pledging $60 million to enhance tech skills and support tech startups and entrepreneurs on the continent.

  • Druva's market differentiator is that it offers a single platform that converges data availability and  comprehensive governance across endpoints in the cloud.

  • IBM acquires another database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider, Compose, in its play to flesh out its cloud services.

  • Fully scalable through the cloud or using an on-site server, gMed’s products are all Meaningful Use Certified and ICD-10 compliant.

  • A major part of Yahoo's expense issues involve traffic acquisition costs, which soared to $200 million -- up from $44 million in Q2 2014.

  • IBM announced that its second-quarter 2015 revenue dropped 15 percent despite a 70 percent increase in cloud revenue.

  • IBM's $3 billion investment places it No. 1 in the world on the list of companies that are betting a whole lot on this market, which is already quite active.

  • Machine data analytics provider Splunk bought Caspida to add machine learning and behavioral analytics to its security analytics portfolio.

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just a few weeks ago wrote about his company's new mission and where he wanted to take the once-software-focused company in the future. And now, he has announced that he's slashing up to 7,800 jobs. The majority of those positions will come from Microsoft's mobile phone unit acquired with Nokia Devices. The layoffs came with Microsoft announcing that it would need to write down $7.6 billion for its Nokia purchase, making it one of the most catastrophic decisions in the company's history. However, Satya Nadella seems willing to take his beatings where he must and accept that past mistakes must be overcome. His decision to cut so many jobs suggests that Microsoft is firmly in his grips and he's ready to tackle the mistakes of past company leaders. What else should you know about Nadella's Microsoft? In the following slides, we'll examine the impact Satya Nadella has had on the marketplace and explain why he's had such a profound effect on Microsoft in a short time.

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